Alabama Pharmacies Won’t Sell You CBD-Here’s Why
by Dan Larkin
Alabama pharmacies won’t sell you CBD but you can walk into practically any convenience store and buy it. So, what gives? You might also be wondering if that’s the case where you live.
First, let’s take a look at what’s going on in Alabama. The state has been slower than most at embracing medical cannabis for their citizens. But, with the passage of the US Farm Bill in December of 2018, hemp and hemp-derived CBD oil have become legal. Of course, it has to test at 0.3% or less THC, but it is legal.
Why no CBD at the pharmacy?
So, why are gas stations and convenience stores selling it but not Alabama pharmacies? Well, the Alabama Pharmacy Board would point out that CBD is still a Schedule 1 category drug in Alabama. Seriously, it is. It’s still considered to be as dangerous heroin. It also, according to that scheduling, has no medicinal use. So, naturally, the Pharmacy board has no choice but to ban its sale in pharmacies which are licensed to do business in Alabama.
“CBD is still registered as a (Schedule 1) controlled drug in Alabama,” Alverson told AL.com. “Even though the federal government has reclassified CBD and CBD oil, the state law and classification still stands until the category is changed in the state. Pharmacies must report to the Board of Pharmacy, and we cannot give them permission to sell CBD since the law has not changed.” […]
Since convenience stores and gas stations (and other retailers) don’t have to work with the Pharmacy Board, they are free to sell all the CBD they want or can get their hands on.
It’s a shame that you can’t go and talk to your pharmacist about CBD and have them recommend a product for you but you can talk to the gas station clerk about it, isn’t it? That just seems wrong. So, here’s hoping Alabama pharmacies can get that changed. In the meantime, the good news is that CBD is finally available.
Some other good news
In other good news, that’s not the case in most other states. In fact, as you may have read, large retail pharmacies like CVS, Walgreen’s and others have already begun selling CBD in many locations across a large part of the country.
And in conclusion
That’s the way it should be right? I’m not saying that CBD has to be sold in a pharmacy. I’m saying a pharmacy should be a place where you can get advice about, and buy CBD. Pharmacists in many states are enjoying talking about the benefits of CBD. But, not Alabama pharmacies.
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